Coastal Plants

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Coastal Plants, Pacific Northwest

Red Columbine, BC Coastal Region, coastal plants
Red Columbine, Photo By Robert Logan

Hiking on the coast of BC and seeing the meadows, slopes, and trail sides filled with a vast variety of Coastal Plants is one of my favorite things to do.

While we all appreciate the beauty plants give us, we hardly consider the magic at work to create this show year after year.

Annuals must grow anew each year from seed while perennial plants can last for several seasons, but ultimately must also produce enough new plants from seed to maintain the population.

Seeds formed after pollination occurs must be carried from the mother plant to places they can germinate. Some wildflower seeds have varying amounts of chemicals that inhibit germination in their seed coats. Some seeds germinate with just a small amount of rainfall. Others won’t sprout until the spring rains come and soak the seed.

Indian Plum, BC Coastal Region, coastal plants
Indian Plum, Photo By Bud Logan

Some seeds remain viable in the soil for decades before conditions are just right and they can grow. This is an insurance against all the seeds sprouting at once in unfavorable conditions and not reproducing.

There is so many fascinating plants on our coast that one could never learn about them all but one can try, so get out and see for yourself just what plants live in your area.

Take your camera to bring home memories of where you went. You might do yourself some good hiking around the coast. It is a nice, healthy way to get some exercise.

 

2 thoughts on “Coastal Plants”

  1. Thanks for publishing this information and photos. I’m part of a hiking group of seniors from Coquitlam, BC that goes to the Nanaimo area the first week in May annually. One year we hiked the Cowichan River trail and the fawn lilies were at their peak………..ABSOLUTELY MAGNIFICENT……..other times since we’ve missed the peak blooms but did see some chocolate lilies……..We’re planning to hike the trail on May 2nd this year. Is anyone able to tell me about the current state of the blooms? Your info is much appreciated……..Thanks.
    Frank Winters

    1. Hi Frank, thanks for writing. 2 weeks ago l had a total knee replacement and am unable to get out hiking, trouble getting out of bed even, lol. But from reports from friends about the various flowers, it would seem that all are blooming as normal. I hope you enjoy your hike and am pleased that my site has been of use to you, my biggest goal is to get folks out to enjoy nature and it seems you and your friends do just that. Bud

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